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the federal aviation administration saying that these should be put off. they say the law allows the faa and the administration to cut somewhere else in the 16 billion-dollar annual budget of the faa. they say the way the faa were cuts makes the delays even worse. >> under the applicable laws. the faa has the authority or the discretion to find the money elsewhere. not to lay off the workers. and, therefore, to protect the traveling and shipping public, the faa should not furlough the air traffic controllers. now congressional republicans charge the way the administration has structured this is simply for political reasons. the administration says that's absolutely not the case. they say the way is law isten o other choices than to furlough these air traffic controller if they have to reach the savings that the law requires, shep. >> >> shepard: we are expecting it to say four different flight delays faa is saying. airlines anywhere between 6700. about a quarter of the flight traffic in this country daily. in a statement the faa says they will be working with the airlines and using traff
to roll out the way the faa has said that it will, people are not going to be able to rebook in all cases. their summer vacation plans are going to be blown. that's a horrible position to put the traveling public in. >> the faa says it's 15,000 air traffic controller have to take off one day every two weeks without pay. this result of the automatic spending cuts congress passed in 2011. the airline industry says the faa's plan maximizes flight delays. >> we believe that the faa has the discretion not to furlough the air traffic controllers. they keep the planes in the air, get them to the ground and keep travelers moving, keep shipping moving and that's critical to our economy. >> congressional republicans charge the administration is structuring these cuts to worsen their impact. in a statement, congressman bill shuster the chairman of the house committee on transportation and freezing rain structure says quote the administration views the sequester as an attempt to score political points rather than address real issues and find real savings in a bloated federal bureaucracy. he points to
. now i'll ask about the faa furloughs, which started yesterday. a group of almost the entire airline industry, including air traffic controller unions, flight attendants, pilot unions, and the industry itself, have written denis mcdonough and the white house a letter saying that the faa should be granted flexibility so they don't have to furlough the air traffic controllers. what do you say to this broad coalition? they say that other agencies have been given such flexibility and they believe the faa should have the same flexibility. >> let me give you some facts. the department of transportation is required by law to cut about $1 billion between now and the end of september; $637 million of that comes from the faa. the faa has initiated a series of cost-saving measures for personnel and non-personnel related, including a hiring freeze, restrictions on travel, termination of certain temporary employees, and reductions to contracts, among other savings. but furloughs cannot be avoided. seventy percent of the faa's operations budget is personnel. the faa must furlough 47,000 employees
. a couple thoughts on this. one is faa knew this was coming for two years, had a long time plan, bat and you're seeing is controllers are being laid off at the same rate for the big facilities, as they are for the smaller ones. you think faa would say, let's see where most of the people or traveling and keep those fully staffed and be a little more surgical on the smaller airports. >> shepard: sounds like a lot of this is politics. >> does seem rather odd but i don't see the controllers behind it but the administration wants to make sure everybody feels the pain here. >> does that seem understandable to you? >> not real ly. it doesn't. this is one of our great assets in this country, the ability to move across the country, and yet the government is getting in the way of this to prove a political point. we have seen the faa budget for controllers rise 50%, and traffic is down 27%. so we're throwing more money to handle less of a problem, yet now is the time we chose to start making the american people feel the pain? it just doesn't make sense. >> shepard: the american people are already feeli
because the faa is being forced to furlough thousands of air traffic controllers. abc's matt gutman has more from miami. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the delays are already piling up. new york area airports reporting delays of over an hour. l.a.x. over three hours overnight. this is just the start. the faa now warning that as many as 6,700 flights could be delayed every day.the sequestrac across-the-board budgets cuts across-the-board budgets cuts are forcing furloughs. fewer planes in the air translates into delays. about 5,000 planes in the air at a given time and fewer eyes in the tower, the faa is slowing air traffic for safety. planes could both be prevented from landing and taking off. those inevitable delays could cost travelers more than just their time. >> airlines may have to cut flights. that will drive up ticket prices. demand will be high. >> reporter: the only antidote? said senator chuck schumer. >> we need democrats and republicans to meet in the middle and end the sequestration that causes the problems. >> reporter: analysts said there's not much
-long delays because apparently the sequester is going to cause it. the f.a.a. beginning furloughs for employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. some say it's purely political. >> when the f.a.a. was shut down a few years ago, flights weren't affected. it seems to me like there is a request or directive out there to take steps so that passengers will be inconvenienced and that they'll call their elected officials to get them to take action. >>gretchen: some of the nation's busiest airport including in new york and washington already experiencing delays and longer wait times for security. >> real-life drama for actress reese witherspoon. the oscar winner arrested for disorderly conduct in atlanta after her husband was apparently pulled over for a d.u.i. as he was given a sobriety test reece reportedly got out of the car. the officers told her to get out of the car but she didn't listen. she said do you know my name? you'll be on the evening news. later she apologized. >>steve: is that her mug shot? >>gretchen: it was. >>steve: i think you're supposed to be looking at the
that could be starting today, folks. the faa beginning furloughs, forced days off for their employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. airports across the country are bracing for an hour-long debase in many cases. critics say this move they believe is political. let's find out what peter goelz thinks about, former director of the nts. about, the national transportation safety board. peter, thanks for being here. good to see you. >> good to see you. martha: we're told today could have some pretty big snarls at the nation's airport. what do you think? >> i think we'll see some slow-ups. the federal aviation administration is taking 60% of the cuts at dot. that is $647 million in cuts. people are going to be laid off and things are going to go slowly. martha: why do you think that is, that they're bearing such a brunt of these budget cuts? >> at d.o.t. they have five modes, pipelines, trails, trucks, aviation. aviation is where the big programs are, the big money are and where the most employees are. not only air traffic controllers but air inspectors and the whole certificatio
have to prepare for long lines. government budget cuts that kicked in last month are forcing the faa and other agencies to cut some spending. f furloughs kicked in yesterday. the agency will furlough some 15,000 air traffic controllers. because of the cuts airports say passengers should expect increased delays. the length of the delays will vary depending on the schedule and situation at each specific airport. employees at the epa, office of management and budget, also face furloughs starting this week. >>> residents and investigators continue their search today through the destruction in west, texas, to try to figure out what caused the fertilizer plant there to explode. investigators say they found the origin of the explosion, but they still don't know what caused the initial fire that led to the blast last wednesday. fertilizer company is working closely with authorities to aid the investigation. the death toll from the blast remains at 14. a public memorial for first responders will take place in the town later this week. by the way, all the presidents, ex and otherwise will be i
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